Barnardos (Registered Charity Number: CHY 6015), our school's designated charity for Term 3, was established in 1962. It is a children's charity that works with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland, and campaigns for the rights of all children. Barnardos is committed to a needs-led, outcomes focused approach in our delivery of services to children and families.
Child-focused work to promote children’s learning and emotional development, where needs are identified through a process of assessment, from which planning is outcome-focused. Individual work allows children to express their needs, feelings and aspirations and provides children with a positive experience of a caring adult relationship. Through this support, children are able to gain an understanding of their unique life story. It also helps build on, and strengthen, resilience factors.
Family-focused work is provided in Barnardos to promote family relationships and a positive experience of family life for the children, where strengthening family functioning and relationships enhances a family’s ability to understand and meet, the needs of the children, thereby ensuring that they have a positive experience of childhood.
Parent-focused work supports the parents’ ability to meet their children’s needs for basic care, safety, emotional warmth, stimulation, guidance and boundaries and stability, and to cope with the responsibilities of being a parent. Parenting work may include working with the parents to understand their children’s needs, coaching them to develop new skills, encouraging them to spend time and play with their children, supporting them in introducing routines and boundaries, and strengthening their ability to promote positive behaviour and manage challenging behaviours.
Group work is provided in Barnardos to encourage children and parents to develop the skills and attributes that will enable them to communicate and behave more positively in other groups, such as the family, the school and the community. The group context encourages a sense of connection to other people and enables participants to learn from each other about positive ways of behaving, relating and problem-solving.
While most of Barnardos contact centres are in the greater Dublin ares, the organisation works from a number of centres throughout Ireland.
At our school, children and parents were fortunate to receive excellent internet safety presentations from Barnardos earlier this year.